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SEC Disclosure Trends Related to Brexit and the Trump Administration

The Brexit vote and President Donald Trump’s election and proposed regulatory and other reforms have led to worldwide geopolitical uncertainty. We expect reporting companies will continue to disclose risk factors relating to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The new Chairman continues to build out the senior staff, making key appointments. Specifically, the Chairman appointed: Jaime Klima, formerly co-chief of staff under Acting Chairman Piwowar, as his Chief Counsel; Lucas...more

Alberta Government to Strengthen Powers Related to Securities Investigations

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Finance Minister introduced Bill 13: Securities Amendment Act, 2017. As described to the media, and during First Reading, the Bill aims to strengthen investor protection by amending and updating...more

Ecuador terminates 12 BITs - a growing trend of reconsideration of traditional investment treaties?

by DLA Piper on

On 3 May 2017, the Ecuadorean National Assembly (Ecuador's legislative body) approved the denunciation of 12 bilateral investment treaties (BITs), with China, Chile, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina,...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why You’re Wiser With an Adviser - Regardless of your experience, you will need advice about your startup. ...more

Shareholder Proposal Reform under the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017: A Welcome Development for Companies or a Trojan Horse?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 last Thursday, clearing it for a vote before the entire House. The bill contemplates sweeping changes affecting a range...more

M&A Deal Terms in 2017: What Can Deal Teams Expect?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June 2016, coupled with the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016, gave dealmakers plenty of pause for thought last year – but ultimately did little to...more

Australian Federal Budget 2017 - 2018

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Government introduces a new major bank levy, increases the costs for foreign owners of Australian real estate and extends Managed Investment Trust concessions to investment in Affordable Housing from 1 July...more

SEC Announces First Whistleblower Awards Under New Administration

by Bryan Cave on

In the past two weeks, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced the first two awards it has granted to whistleblowers under the Trump administration. On April 25, 2017, the SEC announced an award of...more

Corporate Governance in The Trump Era: A Note of Caution

by WilmerHale on

The past decade or so has been a challenging time for publicly held companies, particularly those in the financial sector. Since 2008, banks and financial services firms have been the subject of an aggressive effort by the...more

AML and Sanctions: 2017 Trends and Developments

by WilmerHale on

Over the past year, regulators continued to actively examine compliance, introduce new and heightened requirements, recalibrate global priorities, and aggressively pursue enforcement. This report reviews recent trends and...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Draft Financial Choice Act 2.0 Prohibits Universal Proxy and Restricts Shareholder Proposals

The House Financial Services Committee has released a discussion draft of a revised Financial Choice Act. The Committee will hold a hearing on the Act on April 26, 2017....more

Stamp duty changes for all share transfers - including listed companies?

by Dentons on

On 10 March 2017, an urgent bill was passed, with all three readings done in a single Parliament sitting on the same day. A joint press release (the Press Release) was released on the same day by the Ministry of National...more

Proposals for register of beneficial owners of foreign entities owning UK real estate

by DLA Piper on

On 5 April 2017 the UK Government published a consultation (or "call for evidence") on proposals for a new beneficial ownership register for overseas companies and other legal entities owning UK real estate. The consultation...more

Modernisation of UK limited partnership legislation: private investment funds

by Dentons on

A new form of limited partnership, the private fund limited partnership (PFLP), has been introduced in the UK from 6 April 2017. This follows industry lobbying to modernise UK limited partnership law and preserve the UK...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #2

SEC Chairman Nominee Advances: Jay Clayton took another step to becoming chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission when the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved his nomination for the...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

Trump and the FCPA: Perception Is Not Reality

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Many have questioned whether President Donald Trump, who as a businessman called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a "horrible law" in 2012, would seek to change the law, its enforcement or both. However, recent...more

Singapore Exchange Amends Listing Rules Following Changes to the Companies Act

by Morgan Lewis on

The Singapore Exchange has introduced amendments to the Mainboard and Catalist listing rules—including in relation to the electronic transmission of documents to shareholders, exemptions for insurance coverage and indemnities...more

What’s happening with EB-5 financing for new development projects? Is it still available?

Unless Congress acts in time, a critical part of EB-5 financing will lapse on April 28, 2017 - The Regional Center program was enacted in 1992 as a “pilot project.” Since then, it has been renewed or extended many times...more

SEC Chair Nominee Testifies at Confirmation Hearing

by WilmerHale on

On Thursday, March 23, Jay Clayton, President Trump’s nominee for Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testified before the Senate Banking committee at his confirmation hearing. In both his prepared statement...more

Senate Banking Committee Focused on Deregulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On March 9, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee passed a series of four bills focused on deregulation, including one that would make it easier for privately held companies to issue stock awards through equity compensation...more

Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A March 13, 2017 presidential order requiring a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch could be the first step toward streamlining the financial regulatory structure. The Executive Order requires the...more

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